Soften Cosmetics Nova SexFoil Liquid Highlighter Evaluation & Swatches

Melt Cosmetics Nova SexFoil liquid highlighterMelt Cosmetics Nova SexFoil liquid highlighter ($ 39.00 for 1.01 oz.) Is a rich, copper-colored bronze with warm undertones and a warmer, lighter golden sheen. It had semi-transparent to medium buildable pigmentation; It was a little more pigmented than other shades in the series, but it really was about how much was applied and how long to let it dry. In practice, this resulted in a semi-transparent, buildable coverage when I used the product on my face, and medium coverage that could be increased or increased on my body.

The consistency was light, thin, and more like a very liquid gel, which helped it work as a body product as it could be spread over larger surfaces. On the flip side, it was overly brushable when I tried to use it on a smaller area, so I applied something to the back of my hand – spending as little as possible on it – then waving my brush in it before tapping on it .

This helped let the product “dry” a bit and kept the coverage more concentrated where I applied it to my face without having to spread it over too much to get an even layer of product. It held up well for nine hours before visibly fading, but it wasn’t transfer-resistant enough not to get on clothing.

CONTINUE READING: Formula overview for details on general performance and properties (such as fragrance).

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Formula overview

$ 39.00 / 1.01 oz. – $ 38.61 per ounce

The formula is said to be “an emulsion of liquid pearl pigments that brighten, hydrate and give radiant dimensions”. The formula is intended as a stand-alone highlighter for face and body, but can also be mixed with foundation. They recommend using a shade deeper than your natural skin tone for a fluid tan effect. It should have a “light” coverage and give a “natural shine” when worn alone.

It’s a very liquid formula, almost watery, but I had more of a gel-like feeling when I played with it and spread it all over my arm. I’ve found that while it’s more liquid, it dries faster than I expected and works well on bare skin, over foundation, or mixed with foundation.

Some shades had a more noticeable sparkle and unlike many liquid highlighters on the market, these had more depth in the color spectrum, so some shades work better for multitasking (e.g. alone, mixed in, etc.) than others depending on the skin tone. In general, the hues produced a smoother, pearlescent sheen that wasn’t as intense as the product name suggests, but could certainly be built up and made foil-like.

They were easy to shear and were much less intense / opaque compared to the brand’s swatches (which was especially frustrating as they took a full pump of the product and didn’t even let it dry!). The applicator took some getting used to, but almost always pumped out too much product for use on the face.

It had semi-transparent, buildable coverage, although it certainly depends on how much product was applied. For greater coverage on the face, it is best applied to the back of the hand and then swirled a few times on a synthetic brush and then applied. This gave the formula some time to “dry” while it was being picked up by the brush, resulting in increased coverage on my face that didn’t spread as much.

They carried well on my cheeks for eight to nine hours. It was supposed to be transfer resistant, whatever it was – it didn’t move or wander instantly, and most of it stayed, but a light tap of my fingertip against the product revealed a bead on my fingertip (it wasn’t rubbed!). There was no smell.

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WATER (AQUA), mica, dimethicone, ISONONYLISOONANOAT, pentylene, VP / VA COPOLYMER, C12-15 alkyl benzoate, myristyl alcohol, beheneth-30, GLYCERYLISOSTEARATE, phenoxyethanol, GLYCERYL STEEL sodium acryloyldimethyltaurate copolymer, sodium dehydroacetate, carbomer, isohexadecane, sodium hydroxide, cetearyl alcohol, cetearyl GLUCOSIDE, POLYSORBATE 80, SORBITAN OLEATE, SODIUM STEARATE, SODIUM STEARATE, SOCOPHEROL. MAY CONTAIN: TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891), FERROUS OXIDE (CI 77491, CI 77499).

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